Participation. Cooperation. Social Transformation.

CERi promotes principles of participation, cooperation, social transformation and knowledge translation to lift up and strengthen the capacity of SFU’s researchers and students, to engage respectfully and ethically with community members. 

Research that supports positive community change.

Based out of the new 312 Main co-working space in downtown Vancouver, CERi is SFU's first research infrastructure developed for the purpose of extending community-engaged research to provincial, national and international communities.

Simon Fraser University’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) is a new university-wide strategic initiative of the Office of the Vice-President, Research.

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  • April 23, 2024

    April 23, 2024

    This article is authored by Madeleine Hebert. Madeleine leads housing research projects at Happy Cities, working with professionals and communities to develop solutions to improve social connectedness, resilience, and wellbeing. Her work promotes collaborative approaches and ensures that spaces provide equitable opportunities for everyone.

  • April 09, 2024

    April 09, 2024

    This article is authored by Dr. Dana Lepofsky, a Professor in the Department of Archaeology at SFU, who is also the recipient of our 2023 Community-Engaged Research Achievement Award, with a focus on understanding long-term relationships between people and their environment.

  • January 09, 2024

    January 09, 2024

    This article is co-authored by Reilla Archibald, Jordan Sullivan, and Travis Salway. Reilla was an MPH student at SFU Faculty of Health Sciences. As an ally, she supported Jordan’s work, including data collection and analysis of interview findings. Jordan is a survivor of conversion practices and the Conversion Practice Prevention and Survivor Support Coordinator at the Community-Based Research Centre. Travis is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU.


  • CERi’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate community-engaged research through a combination of financial support, mentorship, peer learning and professional development.

  • CERi’s Community-Engaged Research Funding Program is a grant program available to SFU faculty and graduate students.

  • In partnership with Vancouver Island University, the University of Northern British Columbia, and University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University Library coordinates a program to provide staff of charitable and non-profit organizations in British Columbia with access to the latest research and knowledge in their fields.

  • CERi’s Researchers-in-Residence program supports and promotes SFU faculty members actively practicing community-engaged research or whose research involves CER methods.

  • The purpose of these awards is to provide recognition to SFU faculty members, graduate students, and community partners for outstanding community-engaged research that supports positive change.

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